Dates for the Safe Urban Driving (SUD) and Van Smart (VS) courses taking place in early 2018 have now been released. Free to members, both courses are specifically designed for commercial drivers operating in the urban environment and where there are high volumes of vulnerable road users (VRUs), such as cyclists and pedestrians.
Under FORS Silver requirement ‘S5 Vulnerable road user training’, all drivers are required to undergo continuous approved training specifically covering the safety of VRUs, including on-cycle awareness training. This is to ensure that all drivers have the knowledge and skills required to recognise, assess, manage and reduce the risks that their vehicle may pose to VRUs. This training must be undertaken prior to FORS Silver accreditation and subsequently every five years.
Both SUD and VS courses are approved driver training that will meet FORS Silver requirement ‘S5 Vulnerable road user training’, as well as Transport for London’s Work Related Road Risk requirements and the Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) standard. While SUD is aimed at commercial drivers operating HGVs, VS is targeted directly at van drivers; drivers are required to attend either SUD or VS, not both. Drivers of both HGVs and vans will need to attend SUD rather than VS.
Both SUD and VS courses are seven hours in duration, Driver CPC accredited, and are each divided into two sections: a classroom theory unit and a practical cycling unit, where drivers experience a cyclist’s view of the road. Both units are delivered on the same day. Please check the FORS website for available dates at various locations around the UK – more dates will be added in the coming weeks.
To find out more about SUD, and to book places for your drivers, please click here.
To find out more about VS, and to book places for your drivers, please click here.
For details about Silver requirement ‘S5 Vulnerable road user training’, please click here.